Sesame Ginger Power Stir-Fry
Stir fry is a once-a-week staple in my household because it is so easy, filling, tasty, and I'm a sucker for colourful dishes! I call it a power Stir Fry because it offers just the right balance of protein, zinc, antioxidant-rich vegetables, monounsaturated fats, and fibre. Nutrients that help to fight disease and support the immune system.
If you’re new to cooking, this is a great first recipe to experiment with! Or if you have a busy family life, it comes together really quickly. What I love about stir-fry is that you can switch it up by changing out the chicken for shrimp, pork tenderloin, black beans or firm tofu. Tofu really has no distinct taste, so it’ll absorb the flavours you’re cooking with.
2 chicken breasts, cut into pieces
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
1 large red pepper, de-seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced (or garlic-infused olive oil)
3 stems of green onion, diced
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sriracha sauce (or garlic-free hot sauce)
1.5 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp peanut butter
1 tsp brown sugar
1) Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a deep pan, over medium heat. Saute the chicken pieces until fully cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside.
2) Add another 1 tbsp olive oil to the pan and saute the carrots, broccoli, and pepper ~ 2 minutes over medium-high heat, tossing vegetables often.
3) Add the garlic, onion, and ginger and saute another minute.
4) Include the sauce and teh cooked chicken and toss together well. Let everything saute anotehr few minutes.
5) Serve over brown rice (choose instant rice if you need to save time!), or quinoa.
Makes ~ 4 servings
Submitted by Brooke Bulloch, RD